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A killing lie

All violence, including executions, perpeuates a destructive spiral

The delay of Timothy McVeigh's execution fueled debate about the death penalty and whether our legal system can be trusted with life-and-death decisions.

But typical arguments miss the faith question implicit in society's decision to take a life. The death penalty asks us to believe a story that our faith tells us is a lie, a killing lie.

We are asked to acquiesce to a worldview, a faith, that is perilously similar to the perverse vision that allowed McVeigh to destroy 168 lives without remorse.


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